Madeira, Portugal allowing visitors to COVID-19 shots not approved by the EU

Lisbon — In Portugal’s popular Madeira Islands, local governments will allow visitors to enter in any of the COVID-19 jabs controlled around the world, as well as those approved by European drug regulators. Said on Sunday.

The European Union, which released its Digital COVID-19 certificate last week, has so far approved only four vaccines: Pfizer and BioNTech, Modana, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson.

This certificate allows citizens to be fully vaccinated in any of the four approved shots, to receive recent negative test results, or to be immune to recent recovery. You can move around the block more freely.

Member States can decide to extend the certificate to European travelers vaccinated with other shots.

The mainland accepts only four vaccines, but Madeira, a popular autonomous region for its wine and green landscape, may visit the Atlantic islands if it receives other shots such as China’s Sinovac or India’s Covaxin. I said I could.

Madeira’s Minister of Health, Pedro Ramos, said, “If millions of people were vaccinated with these vaccines, everything would be acceptable.” [not approved by the EU], Their protection level is similar to others. “

It is in the midst of criticism of the EU that the list of vaccines approved for certification does not include Covishield, a version of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

It is estimated that about 5 million of Madeira’s important foreign tourists in the UK have been vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine, which is also used at COVAX facilities around the world.

Catalina Demony

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